Ordering a beer in Australia is easy, but how to order a beer in every state is Australia correctly is not so easy.

Sure, you can walk into any pub (hotel) and say, “I’ll have a beer mate”, and yes, you will get a beer. However, ordering a beer correctly in Australia is not that easy, as it varies from state to state or territory to territory, if you like.

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To order beer for a BBQ for example, which are generally bought as 24 beers then in Victorian you order a slab, but in NSW you order a carton. You buy these at the bottle-o. The bottle shop. If you want to blend in, add a vowel to the end of a lot of words.

How to Order A Beer in Australia

There are 2 basic sizes of beers in Australia.

There are 2 basic sizes of beers in Australia. The large is 425ml and the smaller is 285ml. There are other variations as well, as listed below. It is ‘what’ you ask for that changes around the country.

This is how to order a beer in Australia, from the tap in a pub. 

In NSW/ACT

New South Wales and A.C.T.
Pint 568ml 20 ounces
Schooner 425ml 15 ounces
Middy 285ml 10 ounces
Seven 200ml  7 ounces
Pony 140ml  5 ounces

In Victoria

Victoria
Schooner 425ml 15 ounces
Pot 285ml 10 ounces
Glass 200ml  7 ounces
Small Glass 170ml  6 ounces
Pony 140ml  5 ounces
Pint 568ml 20 ounces

In Queensland

Queensland
Jug 1125ml 40 ounces
Pot 285ml 10 ounces
Beer (some pubs) 200ml  7 ounces
Schooner (some pubs) 425ml 15 ounces
Middy (some pubs) 285ml 10 ounces
Five (some pubs) 140ml  5 ounces
Seven (some pubs)  7 ounces
Ten (some pubs) 285ml 10 ounces

In Western Australia

Western Australia
Pot 575ml 20 ounces
Schooner 425ml 15 ounces
Middy 285ml 10 ounces
Glass 200ml  7 ounces
Bobbie 170ml  6 ounces
Pony 140ml  5 ounces
Shetland 115ml  4 ounces

In Tasmania

Tasmania
Ten or Pot/Handle 285ml 10 ounces
Eight 225ml  8 ounces
Six 170ml  6 ounces
Small Beer 115ml  4 ounces

In South Australia

South Australia
Pint 425ml 15 ounces
Schooner 285ml 10 ounces
Butcher 200ml  7 ounces
Pony 140ml  5 ounces

In Tasmania

Tasmania
Ten or Pot/Handle 285ml 10 ounces
Eight 225ml  8 ounces
Six 170ml  6 ounces
Small Beer 115ml  4 ounces

In Northern Territory

Northern Territory
Schooner 425ml 15 ounces
Handle 285ml 10 ounces
Seven 200ml  7 ounces

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How to Order A Beer in Australia – State by State